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II Peter 2

1 But there came to be false-prophets among the people, as there will also be false-prophets among you, who will secretly bring in destructive dissensions, and denying the master1 () having bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction, 2 and will follow their debauchery, because of whom the way of truth will be slandered. 3 And in greediness they will exploit you with made-up words, to whom the judgment will not long be idle, and their destruction does not slumber. 4 For if God did not spare the angels that sinned, but holding them captive in Tartarus2 in the chains3 of gloom, he delivered them up, keeping them for judgment, 5 and did not spare the old world, but kept Noah, one of eight, [a] herald of justness, having brought in the flood upon [the] world of the impious, 6 and having reduced [the] cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, he condemned [them] to destruction, having appointed [them to be an] example to those [about] to be being impious, 7 and he rescued just Lot, [who was] oppressed by the way of life of the unprincipled [who were] in debauchery— 8 for [that] just [man] dwelling among them tortured his just psyche-life4 in seeing and hearing from day to day with [their] lawless deed— 9 [then the] Lord knows [how] to be rescuing [the] pious from [the] test, and [how] to be keeping the unjust for the day of judgment to be punished, 10 but especially those proceeding after [the] flesh in [the] lust of pollution and despising Lordships. [they are] audacious, arrogant, they do not tremble [when] slandering glories, 11 whereas angels being greater in strength and ability do not bring slanderous judgments against them before [the] Lord. 12 But these, as irrational animals, born, natural, for capture and corruption, are ignorant of that [which they] slander, and will be corrupted in their corruption, 13 justly-receiving the reward of unjustness; [those] considering pleasure [to be an] indulgence in the daytime. [they are] spots and blemishes carousing in their deception while feasting with you, 14 having eyes full of adultery and unceasing sins, enticing unstable psyche-lives4, having [a] heart exercised with greed, cursed children, 15 forsaking the right way, they have been deceived, following the way of Balaam [the son] of Beor, who agape-loved the reward of unjustness. 16 But he had rebuke from his own lawlessness: [the] mute ass uttering with [the] voice of [a] man hindered the insanity of the prophet. 17 These are wells without water and fogs driven by [a] hurricane; for him the gloom of darkness is kept. 18 For uttering swelling futilities they lure, by [the] lusts of the flesh, in debauchery, those barely escaping those conducting themselves in deception, 19 promising them liberty, they being slaves of corruption; for to what anyone succumbs, to this he is enslaved. 20 For if having escaped the defilement of the world in the knowledge of the Lord and savior Jesus Christ, but to these they again succumb having become entangled, their last [state] is become worse than their first. 21 For it had been better for them to not have known the way of justice than [after] they knew [it] to turn back from the holy commandment given to them. 22 But the true saying has happened to them: [the] dog [is] returned to his own vomit, and: [the] swine having been washed [is returned] to wallowing in [the] mud.

1DESPOTES "DES-poh-tays" (δεσπoτης ) `Lord': owner and absolute master of slaves. Whereas DESPOTES emphasizes ownership and complete right of disposal, KURIOS (also translated `Lord') emphasizes power—having it, having the right to wield it. Only slaves have a DESPOTES; even free persons may have a KURIOS. DESPOTES occurs in Luke.2:29, Acts.4:24, 1Tim.6:1, 1Tim.6:2, 2Time.2:21, Tit.2:9, 1Pet.2:18, 2Pet.2:1, Jude.1:4, Rev.6:10. "Lord" in every other case is KURIOS (κυριoς )

2a place lower than Hades

3"chains" p72K; "pits" ℵB

4from PSYCHE (ψυχη): an individual manifestation of life/consciousness. Animals have PSYCHEs as well as humans. Contrast ZOE (ζωη)—Life 'collectively', interdependent, interconnected.